Bucks are solitary animals always in search of safe solitude, especially when it comes to their bedding areas. Summer is the perfect time to introduce a new “long term” bedding area to be created on your own land. We all use a hinge cut to lower trees to the ground, unfortunately the usual hinge cut is too deep and the tree will die in a few short years and the buck will move on in search of another. We found a way to keep generations of deer using our bedding areas by making just enough of a hinge cut where the tree begins to lean, we then wench the tree into position and use an anchor to hold it in that position, most of these trees have lasted for over 15 years. We then carry in bales of hay for their new beds, not only that, we actually spray Ortho insect killer on the branches above. Our intent is always to spoil our deer and give them something most other land owners wouldn’t bother to do. Deer are extremely curious, they have heard and scented what we were doing and they without a doubt will investigate at night and discover a soft, safe bed. They then would notice the lack of biting insects. Deer have the ability to reason when it comes to their comfort and safety. As a side note: We never enter an established bedding area, and for some of our farms that do not have a source of water we use kiddie pools to satisfy that important need. A deer’s life cycle revolves around food, water, safety, and reproduction. We try to supply each of these needs to make our farms self contained.
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